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Large blaze at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club shuts road - seven fire engines sent

PUBLISHED: 12:47 02 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:56 02 June 2017

Emergency services at the scene of a fire at a Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club building. Picture: STEPHEN WALLER

Emergency services at the scene of a fire at a Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club building. Picture: STEPHEN WALLER

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Four Suffolk fire crews have tackled a blaze at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club.

A fireman uses an aerial platform to extinguish the remining embers in the roof of the building at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club. Picture: STEPHEN WALLERA fireman uses an aerial platform to extinguish the remining embers in the roof of the building at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club. Picture: STEPHEN WALLER

A police cordon was put in place in Ferry Road while firefighters dealt with the blaze.

Seven fire engines were sent to the scene from stations including Ipswich East, Princes Street and Felixstowe.

The building, at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, was said to be well alight when crews were called. 
Picture: STEPHEN WALLERThe building, at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, was said to be well alight when crews were called. Picture: STEPHEN WALLER

The fire was sparked in a building which is described by chiefs as a two storey detached commercial premises with a domestic dwelling above.

Ipswich east station commander Kevin Oxford said: “This was a rapidly developing fire but thanks to the quick efforts of our firefighters from the Felixstowe station they got there quickly.

Fire crews at the scene fire at a Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club building.
 Picture: STEPHEN WALLERFire crews at the scene fire at a Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club building. Picture: STEPHEN WALLER

“Initial indications are suggesting the fire started in the shed before spreading to the roof of the Robert Joyce golf shop. It is a clothes shop that also helps with repairs and private tuition.

“We are now checking for hotspots in the roof and are carrying out an investigation. Luckily it has not destroyed the shop or spread to other buildings despite how hot the weather is.

The building affected at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club. 
Picture: STEPHEN WALLERThe building affected at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club. Picture: STEPHEN WALLER

“We have seven pumps on scene with the aerial ladder platform which is removing piles of debris and tiles from the roof but the fire is under control.”

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club general manager David Spencer said: “I would like to thank the fast efforts of the firefighters here today because without them the fire could have been much worse, even devastating and someone could have got hurt.

“They think the fire started in one of the back sheds which we saw briefly before getting straight on the phone.

“They’ve managed to save the two bedroom flat which belongs to one of our employees and they have managed to save the shop which we are really grateful for.”

Stay with us for updates on this developing news story as soon as we receive them from the emergency services.

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